Eric Burdon participated in the British Invasion of the 1960s as an original member of The Animals. It was an exciting time in music that brought popularity to rock bands from England to America such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Eric was greatly influenced by jazz and the blues, which played a big part in his music including the second band he formed, War. During his NAMM Oral History interview, Eric spoke of his musical influences including Buddy Holly, who he happened to meet on a street in England as a teenager.
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